Accounting program major

Accounting

Be prepared for a variety of career opportunities in public accounting, not-for-profit accounting, auditing, tax accounting and many more possibilities. Accounting graduates are in high demand in business, government and education industries. And an SBU Accounting degree can get you ready for the workforce quickly - 150 college credit hours are required to take the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam and yet nearly all SBU Accounting students complete all the needed courses within four years!

Small class sizes (typically 8-10 students in the upper-level courses) ensure that you receive quality, individualized instruction. SBU Accounting faculty genuinely care about their students and will work closely with you for success in the classroom as well as to help you obtain internship and career positions.

92%
Job
placement
rate

(For SBU Accounting graduates in financial-related jobs or graduate school within 3 months of graduation.)

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • More than 80% of SBU Accounting students achieve the required 150 credit hours for the CPA certification exam within four years
  • On average, SBU Accounting graduates have a 58% first-time pass rate on the CPA exam, compared to the national average of just 48%
  • SBU Accounting alumni stay connected with the department, which benefits current students through scholarship offers, mentoring programs and networking opportunities

Faith Integration

As an SBU Accounting student, you will be equipped for a successful career as dedicated Christian faculty teach you the application of accounting concepts in current practice through a Christian worldview so that you are prepared to be both a skilled employee and a servant leader in the workplace.

Psalm 15 - The SBU College of Business and Computer Science's Psalm 15 initiative provides intentional integration of faith and academic discipline. Using Psalm 15 as a basis, the College has identified eight character traits that should be the hallmark of the College's students and graduates. These character traits are emphasized in coursework and in a special lecture series. The highlighted character traits are: Integrity, Service, Respect, Charity, Faithfulness, Truthfulness, Humility and Perseverance.

Ethics and Professional Development — As part of an intentionally Christian education, all students in the College of Business and Computer Science take a senior-level course in Ethics and Professional Development. The course teaches Christian personal and professional ethics and equips students with life skills such as career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning, with the goal of producing ethical business leaders who will be servant leaders in the workplace.

Career Examples

  • Kristen Eagon ′12 — audit senior associate at Grant Thornton LLP, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Erica Smith ′09 — reinsurance underwriter at Shelter Insurance, Columbia, Mo.
  • Jarrett Finnell ′10 — owns and operates his own CPA firm, Finnell CPA LLC, in Bolivar, Mo.
  • Caleb Harris ′13 — audit associate at BKD in Springfield, Mo.; passed the CPA exam in 2013 with a cumulative average score of 96.2% earning him the Elijah Watts Sells award for one of the top CPA scores in the country.
    (Only 55 individuals received this award out of the more than 94,000 who took the test!)

Internship examples

  • Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. — only one accounting internship is available there each year and they have chosen an SBU student for four of the past five years!
  • KPMG, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Leggett & Platt, Carthage, Mo.
  • Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Associated Electric Cooperative, Springfield, Mo.
  • Missouri State Auditor's Office, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, Mo.

Accounting Club

Join the SBU Accounting Club and participate in various activities throughout the year including an interview blitz, field trips to visit prestigious accounting firms, social gatherings, networking opportunities, and more!

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

You are encouraged to join SBU's student chapter of IMA and may also join the national IMA organization to receive additional professional development benefits.

Accounting Scholarships

SBU Accounting students may apply for several privately funded departmental scholarships. Additionally, some incoming freshmen accounting majors are selected to receive scholarships funded by SBU Accounting alumni.

SBU's accounting program more than prepared me to meet the industry standards and practice as a CPA. Faculty are heavily invested in the lives of the students and helped prepare me to succeed as a servant leader in the marketplace and in all aspects of my life.

Mehak Begemann '14, Tax Associate for KPMG, LLP
Mehak Begemann, Accounting Alum

Accounting and ECONOMICS / FINANCE (150+ hours) Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

BIB 1013 Old Testament 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
BUS 1193 Business Calculus 3
Total hours 16

Winterfest OR SUMMER

HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3

Spring Semester

PSY 1013 Psychology 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
ACC 2013 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BUS 2023 Business Statistics 3
PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
Total hours 17
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

MGT 3013 Principles of Management 3
ACC 2043 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics 3
BUS 2013 Business Communications 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
Total hours 18

Spring Semester

ECO 2033 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MGT 3033 Operations Management 3
MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
FIN 3003 Personal Financial Planning 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
Total hours 17
 

Junior

Fall Semester

ACC 3024 Intermediate Accounting I 4
FIN 3053 Business Finance 3
ACC 3063 Tax Accounting I 3
FIN 4073 Insurance and Risk Management (fall, odd) 3
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development 3
Total hours 16

Winterfest

ACC 3133 Financial Information Application and Analysis 3

Spring Semester

ACC 3034 Intermediate Accounting II 4
ACC 3033 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACC 3073 Tax Accounting II 3
ACC 4053 Accounting for Government and Not-for-Profit Entities 3
FIN 4053 Investments (spring, even) 3
Total hours 16

Summer

  Internship in Accounting 3
 

Senior

Fall Semester

ECO 3023 Money and Banking 3
ACC 4013 Advanced Accounting 3
BUS 3073 Business Law I 3
ACC 3023 Managerial Cost Accounting 3
SOC 2012 Human Diversity 2
ECO 3053 International Economics (fall, even) 3
Total hours 17

Winterfest

ECO 4173 History of Finance and Economic Thought 3

Spring Semester

MGT 4083 Management Strategy and Policy 3
ACC 4044 Auditing 4
BUS 3083 Business Law II 3
CIS 3303 Systems Management 3
ECO 3043 Managerial Economics 3
Total hours 16

NOTE: This plan assumes an ACT math score high enough to meet the College Algebra requirement and high school completion of ENG 1113, English Composition, and CIS 1103, Computer and Information Management.

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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Accounting and Economics/Finance Plan

 

Accounting (NON-CPA TRACK) Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

BIB 1013 Old Testament 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
FAR 1023 Introduction to Music 3
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
Total hours 16

Winterfest

HIS 2223 U.S. History II 3

Spring Semester

PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
PHS 1004 Introduction to Earth Science 4
Total hours 17
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

BUS 1193 Business Calculus 3
ACC 2013 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics 3
BUS 2013 Business Communications 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ECO 2033 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
BUS 2023 Business Statistics 3
ACC 2043 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
FIN 3003 Personal Financial Planning (elective) 3
KIN 1162 Fitness & Wellness (Online-first 4 weeks) 2
Total hours 17
 

Junior

Fall Semester

ACC 3024 Intermediate Accounting I 4
FIN 3053 Business Finance 3
ACC 3063 Tax Accounting I 3
MGT 3013 Principles of Management 3
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development 3
Total hours 16

Winterfest

ACC 3133 Financial Information Application and Analysis 3

Spring Semester

ACC 3034 Intermediate Accounting II 4
ACC 3033 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACC 3073 Tax Accounting II 3
MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing 3
MGT 3033 Operational Management 3
Total hours 16
 

Senior

Fall Semester

ECO 3023 Money & Banking 3
ACC 4013 Advanced Accounting 3
BUS 3073 Business Law I 3
ACC 3023 Managerial Cost Accounting 3
SOC 2012 Human Diversity 2
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

MGT 4083 Strategic Management 3
ACC 4044 Auditing 4
BUS 3083 Business Law II 3
CIS 3303 Systems Management 3
ACC 4053 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting 3
Total hours 16

NOTE: In order to sit for the Certified Public Accountant Exam, you must complete 150 hours. This plan includes only 136 hours.

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Accounting (non-CPA track) Plan